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BASF Partners with Essentium to Propel Making of More Robust 3D Printed Parts

Published on 2017-05-08. Author : SpecialChem

BASF Essentium Team up
FLORHAM PARK, NJ, and COLLEGE STATION, TX -- Plastic 3D printing continues to struggle with moving beyond the prototype phase due to a lack of durability and strength of the printed parts. BASF and Essentium have are teamed up to enable the creation of more robust parts for use in mass production leveraging fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology, one of the standard techniques of additive manufacturing.

BASF brings to the partnership the most comprehensive portfolio of innovative materials in the chemical industry while Essentium provides its FlashFuse™ electric welding technology, which enhances layer to layer adhesion of 3D printed parts.

Partnership to Overcome Weakness


Both companies are combining their core strengths to provide a range of polymer solutions that overcome the traditional interlayer weakness of 3D printed parts.
  • Essentium’s FlashFuse technology, engineered to the highest levels of safety and compliance, performs in-situ welding which can be applied to multiple open system FFF printer platforms. 
  • This electric welding technology helps boost isotropy, an indicator for the homogeneity of a structure, and ramps up vertical strength and mechanical toughness of the printed parts.

3D Printed Parts
3D Printed Parts

Fused Filament Fabrication Technology


  • The companies are focusing on FFF printing technology because of its ability to use a wide range of thermoplastics, fabricate large, complex parts rapidly and efficiently, and easily combine multi-modality materials in the same print.
  • In addition, FFF is uniquely suited to provide printed parts that are both structural and composed of filaments loaded with functional fillers.

Kara Noack, Head of BASF’s 3D Printing business in North America, said:
“BASF is committed to advancing 3D printing to the next level across all major additive manufacturing technologies. I am confident that our collaboration with Essentium will enable the creation of 3D printed functional parts and make the technology accessible to a broader range of industrial customers.”

Dr. Blake Teipel, Essentium’s President and CTO, said:
“Essentium Materials’ distinctive FlashFuse technology addresses one of the prevalent challenges for achieving isotropic 3D printed parts. Our partnership with BASF will provide robust and strong 3D printing solutions for extremely demanding applications.”

About BASF


BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016.

About Essentium Materials


Since its inception in 2013, Essentium Materials has conducted cutting edge research for some of the world’s top industrial companies, and has been a recipient of multiple Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards from the National Science Foundation. Currently, Essentium is commercializing FlashFuseTM filament, one of the world’s first energy-responsive filaments for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printing, and developing revolutionary in-situ electric polymer welding capabilities for some of the world’s best 3D printers. This technology provides dramatic improvements in space, weight and power requirements for industries such as automotive, aerospace, defense, wearables, biomedical and other human-interacting components.

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Source: BASF
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